The EcoKidz Family Challenge is an interactive family program geared towards the younger generation and designed to keep the kids engaged as we explore various conservation challenges.

During the fun-filled EcoKidz Program, you will meet some very amazing Eco-Catz who will challenge your family to learn more about their furry friends in the wild. At the end of the tour, pledge your commitment to becoming a Tenikwa EcoKid,

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EcoKidz Pledge
  • Respect all creatures great and small
  • Take care of all animals, protects their spaces and habitats
  • Look after the environment
  • Reduce, Re-Use and Recycle
  • Share their knowledge
  • Help others understand to become Eco-Wize

The EcoKidz Family Challenge is ideally suited to families with children between the ages of 7-12 years when children are very receptive to instilling a love of nature and the environment.

DEPARTURE TIMES

Daily at 10h30 and 14h00.

 Please contact us if you would like to book for another time slot.

DURATION

This is a 1.5 Hour program

PRICE

R250 per adult. R150 per child under 12 years of age.
Toddlers 4yrs and under are no charge.

Educational material and Pledge Certificates are included

THE ECOKIDZ FAMILY CHALLENGE POLICIES AND RULES

Children Policy

This is a program designed especially for children and their family. It is suitable for all ages, and the tour content is designed for the 7-12 year age group. For safety reasons, In certain enclosures, parents may be requested to pick their young children up, or if the guide feels that the situation is unsafe, small children will need to remain outside a particular enclosure with one parent.

There is pram access to each enclosure, but prams will have to be left outside the enclosure.

Dress Code

There is no specific dress code, however bags and backpacks will not be allowed to be carried on tour.

All guests including children must wear shoes on the program

Group Size

This is a group program.  We normally try to limit the size of the group to two families.

Fitness Policy

This program is wheelchair friendly, pram friendly and benches are placed along the way to rest if necessary.

Difficulty - Easy 30%

Weather Policy

The EcoKidz Family Challenge is an all weather program. Rain jackets are provided in inclement weather.

No Touch Policy

Animal Contact Policy

Although the EcoKidz allows guests to be in close proximity to the cats, a No Touching Policy is enforced on this tour.

Photography Policy

Guests are welcome to take photographs of the cats during the tour. Flash photography is prohibited and Flashes must be disabled. Selfie-sticks are not allowed in the enclosures. “Selfies” with the cats in the background are not allowed. Guests may not pose with the cats. The guides may not take photographs on your behalf whilst in the enclosures.

EcoKidz Family Challenge

Furry Family Fun
R250.00 Per Adult

Children 4-12 yrs – R150.00 Per child

Children under 4 yrs – No charge

  • “Amazing place! Definitely worth a visit”

    On family holiday down the garden route our guide suggested we visit here to see the big cats up close and personal. It was a brilliant suggestion the staff that showed us round were very well informed and capable of answering any questions. they also clearly enjoyed there job and the work they do with the animal.
    I thoroughly suggest you visit here you wont regret it!

  • “Special Day”

    This place is really special, not only does it rehabilitate sick, injured and orphaned animals but also works with communities to educate them. We didn’t do the cheetah walk but still got up close to the big cats. A wonderful time and definitely worth a visit, you will learn so much.

  • Close Encounter”

    Tenikwa Wildlife Reserve is a charming centre to experience African Big Cats. They also have a rehabilitation centre on site where they rehabilitate injured animals found in the Garden Route. The work the staff does is extraordinary as the amount of care given to these animals is phenominal. Our guide Peter was brilliant in that he was very knowledgeable about the animals and the conservation work going on at Tenikwa. I will definitely recommend this place as my experience getting up close to a cheetah was a once in a lifetime experience and something i will treasure for the rest of my life.

  • “Excellent”

    We booked EcoKidz family challenge, it was an excellent experience for all the family, our guide Mthobisi was extremely knowledgable and really engaged our two children aged 9 and 12.

  • “Inspiring place”

    This a place where care, deep knowledge of conservation stand out: an unusually genuine place where you can be fully engaged with an ethically-centred experience of African cats and other animals.

  • “A wonderful experience”

    I recently took my two grandchildren (aged 7 and 5) to Tenikwa for the second time. They loved it so much the first time and have been begging me to take them again. I must say that they loved the experience and took in so much of what our guide was saying. Our guide was Jacob and he was excellent. His explanations suited not only the adults but could easily be understood by the children. What a wonderful experience this was for myself and my grandchildren and I am thrilled to say, they still remember a lot of what they were told. I’ve already been told that when they next visit Plettenberg Bay they want to go again.

  • “Great experience!!”

    Great experience to visit this place, truly an awareness centre – not a zoo!
    Animals are treated very well, some wounded animals have found a home here and are well taken care of. You can truly feel the respect the staff has for all the animals here!

  • “Unique Non-Tourism Awareness Centre”

    A unique refuge and rehabilitation sanctuary, we were very impressed with Tenikwa, as fellow South-Africans in the Tourism industry we appreciate this great conservation project. The tour exceeded our expectations, the animals are well-kept in spacious enclosures that represent their natural habitat. Loved the different species of cats & close-up encounters with lion cubs and cheetahs. The tour guide was knowledgeable and made sure we understood that the animals were still wild animals, we did not feel intrusive at all, as these cats only experienced enclosed living, not another Zoo which was so great! Will definitely recommend to all our guests. Worth every penny!
    Would have loved to be shown the rehabilitation facility!

  • “Incredible experience and best guides ever!!”

    Went to the place this morning as it was on our way along the garden route. We are all from the UK and over to SA for a wedding/holiday.
    The reserve is amazing. All the animals are treated to the highest standard and the staff do so much to rescue and care for felines aiming to put them back into the wild if and when appropriate. They are very well kept in very big areas and fed as much as they need. They are clearly comfortable with people which is astonishing to see.
    Our guide was Senzo: an amazing gentleman who explained everything in plain English adapting his vast knowledge to the audience. He answered every single question with precision and professionalism. One can tell Senzo simply knows everything about his big cats, and not only that, he loves his job.
    I definitely recommend this experience. The reserve is well signalled along the route and the shortest walk is only an hour.

  • “Incredible”

    So much more than I expected. Very informative and excellent guide. We’ll worth a visit even if you intend to visit game reserves during your stay in South Africa

  • “Cats up close”

    We had had the pleasure of doing a few safaris before coming here, but the enclosures did not dampen the experience. The staff were proud as they should be of the education and assistance they’re providing to visitors and the animals. Other cats and wildlife we did not expect to see were also there for eg. African wild cats (which look like a domestic cat). Staff were very attentive to our group. When it started to rain within minutes we were provided with ponchos. Being able to photograph baby lions up close was a real treat also. This centre is very worth a visit.